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The position is located in the Office of the Administrative Law Judges, USITC.
The ideal candidate for this position would possess experience in substantive areas of intellectual property and/or unfair competition law, as well as experience in litigation, and a record of superior achievement in legal education.
The candidate would possess superior writing and organizational skills, and the ability to handle a large volume of information with careful attention to accuracy and detail.
As an Attorney Advisor you will:
- Serve as an attorney advisor under the supervision of the Chief ALJ.
- Receive assignments from the Chief ALJ to provide legal expertise to the various ALJs in support of complex investigations of alleged unfair import practices.
- Provide legal expertise in other intellectual property right matters (i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets).
- Prepare memoranda on legal issues and make appropriate recommendations to the ALJ.
- Assist the ALJ in conducting legal research, drafting orders and decisions, and reviewing and analyzing arguments and evidence.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Successful completion of a background investigation is required.
- You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement.
- Proof of Bar membership is required.
QualificationsApplicants must meet all the qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must have the general and specialized experience outlined below which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.
GS-14: Applicants must have at least four years of experience which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This experience must consist of the following: one year of general experience which is defined as professional legal experience of a broad, general nature, not requiring specialization or expertise in a specific area or type of law AND three years of specialized experience which is defined as professional legal experience in areas such as: intellectual property litigation, unfair competition law, administrative law, and/or experience interpreting statutes, regulations, court decisions and agency determinations related to the USITC.
GS-15: Applicants must have at least five years of experience which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This experience must consist of the following: one year of general experience which is defined as professional legal experience of a broad, general nature, not requiring specialization or expertise in a specific area or type of law AND four years of specialized experience which is defined as professional legal experience in areas such as: intellectual property litigation, unfair competition law, administrative law, and/or experience interpreting statutes, regulations, court decisions and agency determinations related to the USITC.
In addition to the specialized experience and educational requirements, applicants must currently be a member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
You are required to submit proof of your Bar membership as part of your application package to show that you meet this requirement.
Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree or a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
You MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
1. CTAP/ICTAP APPLICANTS: If you are a federal displaced employee as defined in 5 CFR 330.703 (b), you may be entitled to receive priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). You must be determined by the Agency to be "Well Qualified' for the specific position. A well-qualified employee means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities, which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Eligible employees receiving a score of 85 or higher will be determined to be well-qualified employees and will be advised in writing of the results. Eligible employees will be advised in writing if another well-qualified eligible is selected. When an eligible employee is found to be not well-qualified, a second independent review of the employee's application will be conducted and the employee will be advised in writing of the results of the second review.
2. Male applicants born after 12/31/59 are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act. The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
- Knowledge of alleged unfair import practices
- Knowledge of intellectual property right matters (ie., patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets)
- Skill in oral and written communication
- Knowledge of unfair competition law
We will evaluate your relevant education and/or work experience as they relate to the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
Best: This category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).
Better: This category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.
Good: This category indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
Candidates in the Best category will be the first ones sent to the hiring manager for interview consideration. Within each category, those with veterans' preference eligibility will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.
Upon closing of this announcement, we will first review your application to ensure it is complete. If you fail to submit all the required documentation, you will be ineligible for further review or consideration. Completed applications are then evaluated for basic qualifications requirements, and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in the vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official for the position.
To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10325719
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
1. Resume - Your resume may be in any written format you choose, and to be sufficient, should contain the required information as specified in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Insufficient resumes, or resumes that contain inappropriate information, such as privacy information, detailed security clearance documents, copies of driver's licenses or passports, any photographs, etc., will result in an ineligible rating.
2. Occupational Questionnaire - A completed job-specific occupational questionnaire, submitted through your Application Manager account, or faxed via the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.
3. Proof of Bar Membership - Certification showing that you are a member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
4. Transcripts - A copy of your transcript(s) for all course work completed is required. If you received a degree from an academic institution, be sure that your transcript reflects the same. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial application purposes. If your education is from a foreign university, it should include an evaluation of the education by an accredited U.S. source that specializes in interpretation of foreign education credentials. If selected, your academic credentials are verified as part of the security clearance process.
- Notice of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the USITC considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g. DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) to their submissions. Although the point preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claims. The SF-15, which lists the type of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management website at: http://www.opm.gov.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/15/2018 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.
3. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
4. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
The Vacancy ID is 10325719.
Agency contact information
500 E St SW
Washington, DC 20436
You will receive an auto-generated e-mail from USAJOBS informing you of the receipt of your application. After the closing date of the announcement, your application package will be reviewed by the Human Resources Office for completeness and satisfaction of the basic qualification requirements for this position. Applicants who have complete applications and meet the basic qualification requirement are referred to the hiring official in accordance with the process outlined in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement.
You will be notified on the status of your application on the following activities:
- Receipt of your application;
- Minimum qualification determination;
- Whether or not your application was in the group for referral to the hiring official; and,
- The final outcome of the vacancy.
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/512862400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.